RS200 Winter Championships season kicked off with the first Gul Grand Prix event at Northampton Sailing Club. The small quality fleet assembled on February 26th and 27th featured some highly variable wind. The fleet contained several new faces and a fair few 470 Olympic hopefuls.
RS200 Winter Championships
Saturday started very wet, muddy and with most of the fleet looking at a calm Pitsford thinking windguru’s forecast of 12 knots gusting 25-30 knots was well wide of the mark. Race one of course saw the first general recall of the season in 10-12 knots but once the race got underway it soon became clear it was not a day to lead downwind as the wind was becoming erratic with very local areas of real extra pressure.
Pete Vincent/Suzie Proctor, James/Will Rusden and Ben Ainsworth/Rach Williamson all had turns in the lead before Richard and Paru Edwards looked like they were going to make a winning return to 200’s. James and Eluned Stewart though found a gust from heaven on the final run to sail round the outside and win from the Edwards and the Rusden’s.
Then the fun really started, whilst the mean wind stayed around 14-16 knots there were real long pulses of proper main flogging wind up the beats and some great downwind action with some very lively leeward marks. Stu Bithell/Kate MacGregor had disappeared into a huge lead in race two but had a very wet leeward mark. Their lead had been so good they righted boat just before James Peters/Alan Roberts passed them only for their main halyard to break on the next beat leaving Peters/Roberts to win from the Rusden’s and Wayne/Debs Fletcher. The wind got even more feisty for race three but the same two boats were 1.2 again this time with Ally Catt/Chris Martin third.
ms11 RS200 Winters-94 - Gul RS200 Winter Championships
Then it was ashore in time for a hot shower, watch England stuff the French and eat the excellent value meal laid on by Northampton SC – yes it was a good day particularly if you were called James.
Sunday and the weather really was being a little mean as the beautiful early morning lulled many to leave layers ashore. Race four in a much more steady ten knots was led from mark one to the finish by Wayne and Debbie Fletcher from Peters/Roberts and Johnny McGovern/Sarah Williams. Race five in lighter breeze with cold drizzle now setting in was perhaps the closest of the championship with all the leading boats closely packed at the front. The Rusden’s just won from Peters/Roberts and the Stewarts.
This left things very finely balanced going into the final race but the black flag removed Peters and the Stewarts at the first mark. Nick Charles/Roz Allen and David Giles/Fiona Clark had a close tussle before they finished in that order but overall victory hinged on where the Rusden’s were going to finish and their fifth place gave them overall victory by a point.
Juliet Charles and Alice Kingsnorth won the silver division with an excellent fifteenth overall with Sarah Tuppen and James Williams of Royal Harwich won the bronze division.
The next Gul Grand Prix event is at Bristol CYC on April 9th and 10th.
RS 200 Winters - Saturday Feburary 26th and Sunday February 27th 2011 Northampton Sailing Club Results as of 9:41 on February 28, 2011 Overall Sailed: 6, Discards: 1, To count: 5, Entries: 40, Scoring system: RS 2011 (N.B. Series tie will need to be broken by hand)
|1st||17||1393||James Rusden||Will Rusden||Highcliffe||3.0||2.0||2.0||(11.0)||1.0||5.0||24.0||13.0|
|2nd||31||1424||James Peters||Alan Peters||Hayling Island SC||8.0||1.0||1.0||2.0||2.0||(41.0 OCS)||55.0||14.0|
|3rd||35||1411||Luke Patience||Christian Birell||Hollingworth Lake SC||6.0||4.0||(20.0)||4.0||3.0||3.0||40.0||20.0|
|4th||2||1203||James Stewart||Eluned Stewart||Weston||1.0||6.0||6.0||6.0||4.0||(41.0 OCS)||64.0||23.0|
|5th||1||1231||David Giles||Fiona Clark||Weir Wood SC||5.0||16.0||5.0||5.0||(24.0)||2.0||57.0||33.0|
|6th||34||658||Jonny McGovern||Sarah Williams||Port Dinorwic||(41.0 DNF)||8.0||14.0||3.0||6.0||4.0||76.0||35.0|
|7th||23||1015||Wayne Fletcher||Deb Fletcher||Scaling Dam||12.0||3.0||15.0||1.0||(19.0)||6.0||56.0||37.0|
|8th||27||584||Nick Charles||Roz Allen||Netley SC||11.0||(15.0)||7.0||13.0||5.0||1.0||52.0||37.0|
|9th||18||1031||Chris Catt||Ally Martin||Burghfield||14.0||7.0||3.0||9.0||10.0||(16.0)||59.0||43.0|
|10th||13||617||Ian Sharps||Ellie Martin||Burghfield||10.0||14.0||4.0||8.0||(17.0)||10.0||63.0||46.0|
|11th||10||640||Dave Steed||Katharine Lovering||Burghfield SC||4.0||(20.0)||10.0||16.0||11.0||13.0||74.0||54.0|
|12th||15||1421||Frances Peters||Tom Partington||Hayling Island SC||15.0||9.0||(16.0)||12.0||7.0||12.0||71.0||55.0|
|13th||4||1258||Stu Bithell||Kate MacGregor||Poole YC||17.0||5.0||(41.0 DNF)||19.0||12.0||7.0||101.0||60.0|
|14th||19||1301||Pete Vincent||Suzie Procter||BCYC||9.0||21.0||8.0||21.0||9.0||(22.0)||90.0||68.0|
|15th||33||953||Juliet Charles||Alice Kingsnorth||RYA||23.0||13.0||12.0||14.0||(29.0)||8.0||99.0||70.0|
|16th||38||1452||Arthur Henderson||Rob Henderson||Salcombe YC||(25.0)||12.0||11.0||15.0||15.0||17.0||95.0||70.0|
|17th||12||1029||Christian Humphrey||Sam Childs||Datchet||(30.0)||11.0||9.0||24.0||20.0||19.0||113.0||83.0|
|18th||14||1164||Emma Johnson||Justin Deal||Burghfield||13.0||18.0||13.0||17.0||(28.0)||28.0||117.0||89.0|
|19th||21||831||Thomas Wright||Caroline Sutton-Reid||Hollingworth Lake SC||16.0||19.0||18.0||(26.0)||22.0||15.0||116.0||90.0|
|20th||3||1230||Richard Edwards||Paul Edwards||Parkstone YC||2.0||10.0||(41.0 DNF)||25.0||16.0||41.0 DNC||135.0||94.0|
|21st||39||1170||Ben Ainsworth||Rach Williamson||Parkway Pirates||7.0||(41.0 DNF)||41.0 DNF||27.0||8.0||11.0||135.0||94.0|
|22nd||24||1161||Jane Olive||Darren McNamara||BCYC||22.0||(28.0)||22.0||7.0||26.0||18.0||123.0||95.0|
|23rd||5||792||Maia Walsh||Peter Bentley||Cardiff YC||24.0||(27.0)||27.0||18.0||14.0||14.0||124.0||97.0|
|24th||11||760||Neil Barrett||Sophie Jones||Yorkshire Dales SC||19.0||17.0||19.0||(23.0)||21.0||21.0||120.0||97.0|
|25th||20||1256||Louise McKeand||Cathy Partington||Leigh & Lowton||18.0||(33.0)||26.0||10.0||25.0||20.0||132.0||99.0|
|26th||7||1010||Steve Restall||Judy Restall||Downs SC||20.0||25.0||(41.0 DNF)||20.0||13.0||23.0||142.0||101.0|
|27th||40||1146||Matt Greenfield||David Rolfe||Littleton SC||21.0||22.0||(41.0 DNF)||22.0||31.0||9.0||146.0||105.0|
|28th||16||770||Luke Pepper||Katie Goodchild||Hykeham SC||28.0||24.0||17.0||(33.0)||30.0||24.0||156.0||123.0|
|29th||6||1154||Sarah Tuppen||James Williams||Royal Harwich YC||26.0||31.0||31.0||(41.0 DNS)||18.0||29.0||176.0||135.0|
|30th||37||964||Anthony York||Glenn Rogers||Northampton SC||(34.0)||26.0||21.0||31.0||32.0||30.0||174.0||140.0|
|31st||32||975||Harry Turner||Pete Nelson||Northampton SC||(35.0)||29.0||25.0||28.0||33.0||26.0||176.0||141.0|
|32nd||22||1263||Julian Bradley||Renata Sapazinskaite||Wembley SC||29.0||23.0||28.0||(41.0 DNS)||34.0||31.0||186.0||145.0|
|33rd||28||1317||Jack Holden||Ollie Miller||Arun YC||27.0||(41.0 DNF)||23.0||32.0||23.0||41.0 DNC||187.0||146.0|
|34th||25||794||Nicholas Smith||Brian Smith||Bowmoor SC||31.0||32.0||29.0||29.0||(35.0)||25.0||181.0||146.0|
|35th||29||786||Joe Hunt||Steve Clayton||RUYC||32.0||30.0||24.0||(41.0 DNS)||27.0||41.0 DNC||195.0||154.0|
|36th||9||685||Gary Livingstone||Hannah Livingstone||Northampton SC||33.0||34.0||30.0||30.0||(36.0)||27.0||190.0||154.0|
|37th||26||829||Adam Chubbock||Henry Durman||Arun YC||38.0||35.0||(41.0 DNF)||35.0||38.0||33.0||220.0||179.0|
|38th||36||252||Nicola Holden||Emma York||Northampton SC||36.0||(41.0 DNF)||41.0 DNC||34.0||37.0||32.0||221.0||180.0|
|39th||30||682||Josh Bennett||Joel Wakefield||Rotherham SC||37.0||(41.0 DNF)||41.0 DNC||37.0||39.0||41.0 DNC||236.0||195.0|
|40th||8||1079||James Russell||Lauren Russell||Alton Water||(41.0 DNF)||41.0 DNC||41.0 DNC||36.0||41.0 DNC||41.0 DNC||241.0||200.0|
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